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Adapting e-business policies in a changing environment: The lessons of the Go Digital initiative and the challenges ahead. Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament,... COM(2003) 148 final

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Abstract

Full title: Adapting e-business policies in a changing environment: The lessons of the Go Digital initiative and the challenges ahead. Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. COM(2003)148 final

In 2001, the European Commission launched the Go Digital initiative, with the objective of helping SMEs to better use the Internet as a business tool. This Communication reviews growth in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and e-business tools by European business, and notably small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the policy challenges that emerge from this picture. What has changed in recent years and what needs to be done in the future to help SMEs to "go digital"? The main policy challenge has changed from getting SMEs connected to the Internet to the effective and productive integration of ICT into business processes.

The Communication presents the latest available statistical evidence on the use of ICT and e-business by SMEs and identifies the main e-business policy challenges at national and European levels, building upon the results of the benchmarking report on regional and national e-business policies and the most advanced e-business initiatives that could be found. The objective is to stimulate policy changes at national and European levels, by providing a policy framework for future actions and by preparing for more appropriate policy targets in response to the practical needs of European enterprises to transform their business processes.

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Record Number: 4927 / Last updated on: 2003-04-02
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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